Welcome to the Martin Explorer, our new means of communicating with various constituencies affiliated with the Martin Institute. One of our goals with this thrice-yearly newsletter is to connect the Martin legacy - be it the one created by Boyd and Grace Martin, or by the students who worked with them decades ago, or by more recent graduates of the International Studies program - with current students and staff affiliated with today's Martin Institute. We try this on a regular basis here on campus. Several weeks ago, for example, I had the opportunity to conduct a series of discussions in the conference room of the Martin Institute, in which Boyd Martin's portrait is hanging. The discussions focused on the Charter of the United Nations, a document which Dr. Martin helped draft in 1945 as a member of Senator Arthur Vandenberg's staff (R-Michigan) at the United Nations Conference on International Organization in San Francisco. More than fifty undergraduates at UI participated in one of four discussion groups, and we visited about the connection of citizens from the State of Idaho to locales and programs around the world. It's an ongoing legacy, and one which we'll enjoy bringing you in the Martin Explorer.
Toluwani Adekunle and the Lindley Award
In May 2013, Toluwani Adekunle received the Lindley Award as the top graduate in the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences. She became the fifth consecutive IS major to win the award, and the seventh among the last nine, joining Nancy Patterson (2006), Rose Keller (2007), Elisa Briesmeister (2010), Bonnie Magnuson and Cari Dighton (co-winners in 2011), and Emily Brookhart (2012). It's an amazing legacy. Read about Tolu here.
Agros International and the DISA Award
Inaugurated in 2011, the Distinction in International Service Award recognizes excellence on the part of an internationally-focused nongovernmental organization based in the Pacific Northwest. A student committee representing the Martin Institute and Program in International Studies selected Agros International for the 2013 award. Agros International joined the International Rescue Committee - Boise (2011) and A Child's Right (2012) as DISA recipients. Read about Argos and the committee here.
National Model United Nations and Fiji
During the Spring 2013 term, UI sent a delegation to the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City. Of the fifty or so Vandals participating in the conference, twelve studied Fiji. This was the second time UI represented Fiji, and it continued an interesting relationship that saw Fijian Ambassador to the UN Mason Smith come to UI to participate in the 2009 Borah Symposium and then-IS major Ben Donahue intern at the Fijian Mission to the UN. Read about Ben's experience here.
Major upcoming events:
Borah Symposium: April 7-9, 2014
Martin Institute Staff
Advisory Board Members
Katherine Aiken, Butch Alford, Lisa Carlson, Ray Dacey, Verla Flores, Sharlene Gage, Holly Greenfield,
Joel Hamilton, Grady Hepworth, Morris Krigbaum, Makena Kraft, Kevin Martin, Lowell Martin,
Warren Martin, Brett Morris, Sharon Scott, George Simmons, Richard Slaughter, Gary Stubblefield,
Mike Wasko, Bob Wetherell